He took the class along on his assignments, and together they had
many cyberadventures. Students
met interesting people, played
hockey, and went ice fishing.
Doug Clevenger, a.k.a. “Arctic Doug,” is a
documentary photojournalist. He helped
students discover how geography, language
arts, science, and mathematics connect to
the community far outside their door.
Here are a few Inuvialuktun words:
ookpik (snowy owl)
quanani (thank you)
tuk (place where the caribou cross)
As we compared climate, we
were able to collect data and create
spreadsheets and graphs. This use of
technology, in conjunction with blogging, demonstrated multiple modes
of intelligence. Students of all abilities
and language levels actively participated in our unit of study.
This project improved my teaching and continues to do so today. I
am using more primary sources for
content material, and I’m consistently
integrating multiple disciplines. The
success of this project has served as
a model for other classrooms in my
school and has led to the creation of
a grade-level blog. Our school is now
providing more authentic learning
experiences that honor and respect
The implementation of technology
in the classroom is essential. Students
are able to easily access up-to-date
information and apply it to their studies. They have become empowered
to communicate understanding in a
differentiated manner using varying
modes of intelligence. This is exciting
and directly affects student engagement and, consequently, achievement.
They are able to learn from the world
outside their classroom and actively
participate in a global community of
learners, which is the essence of all
Diane Randolph is a fifth grade
teacher at Washington School
in Schiller Park, Illinois.
During the past 10 years, she
has used technology to engage
students and help bring learning alive.